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Herbe à Détourne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Herbe à DétourneHerbe à Détourne
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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
New World Tripel with Citra hops.

Added by Viggo on 06-08-2010

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Photo of kculrich
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 341ml bottle, dated 2016-03-07. Served in a Dieu du Ciel! tulip.

Pours an unfiltered glowing gold colour with a pillowy two-finger head. Retention is good and leaves wads of thick, sticky lacing.

Smells like an entire boulangerie full of rising baguettes, chamomile, sweet herbs and apple blossoms.

Tastes mildly sweet with some biting tartness along with it. Sourdough bread and white grapes, kiwi, grapefruit pith, coriander and a clean earthiness. Finishes clean with some boozy warmth in the gullet.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied and dry with en tabernak of superfine carbonation.

Overall, other than the label itself, there is nothing about this beer that would alert you that it is over 10% abv until you actually try to get up off of the couch to rinse out your glass. The citra bitterness is an interesting and effective foil to what might otherwise have been too sweet for my tastes. Very nice tripel!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Dapanneur AS in Montreal for $3.50 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that films out within a minute or so. Medium gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Nice yeast. Has that familiar Tripel scent

T- Boozy. Really hot. Touch bitter. Can't get over the heat. It just overpowers. Has some flowery aftertaste

M- Dry. Very dry.

O- Not the best beer. This one was super hot. It just killed the flavor badly. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This hot brew went well with....... Butter chicken! The buttery texture with heavy spice goes well together.

Enjoy

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sensational Belgian style Triple-IPA cross brew.
Has and almost indistinguishable nose. The head turns into a gentle lace, soon after pouring.
Instantly satisfying taste. Starts with a crisp grapefruity bitterness that switches to a velvety soft and creamy feel as it goes down your throat, with a strong mango flavour and dry finish. Mid level carbonation.
The alcohol is well disguised.
One of the best beers I had.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves some lacing down the side. The head itself stayed for a while before disappearing leaving a small layer. Has some small chunks floating around in it as well.

S: Very citrusy, orange peels and slightly sweet, expected from a triple but a nice surprise with the Citra hops.

T: Very strong amount of Citra hops without the bitterness which is nice, it doesn't have a sweet taste when your drinking it and you can't tell the alcohol content in the beer either. Once s walled it has a slight sweetness that stays around for a little while but it's a nice sweetness not a bad one.

F: very light bodied leaving a good flavor in your mouth has a small amount of carningayion but the perfect amount to make thsee beer amazing.

O: Probably one of the better beers I've had in a long time, happy I got the chance to buy and try this beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alcohol is warming but it's not overwhelmed with phenolics... Lots of tropical fruit, balanced bitterness, drying finish. A solid triple that really grew on me as it warmed.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really cloudy straw color with a very small head. Smell of wheat and yeast mostly, some citrus aromas too and very floral. Nice flavor, you get citrus and yeast, with some hops too, spiciness, wheat, oranges also. Nice feel, goes down quickly but a nice hoppy aftertaste and some burn in the throat from the 10.2% alcohol. Not bad at all, really good even, but I expected something even better from what I've heard.

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Photo of jo99
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, en bouche, les saveurs se dispersent aux 4 points cardinaux! Quelle merveille! Ma préférée dans le style. Désormais dans mon top 3. viva DDC!

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep, murky peachy tan with a small head. nose; band-aid, belgian yeast, very light citra hop, orange & banana esters. taste; funky malt & yeast, soapy coriander, lemon & orange zest, herbal citrus pulp, earthy hops, light banana & that lingering band-aid aftertaste. some grape white wine notes on the finish as well. very highly carbonated, lending an active velvety heavy mouthfeel. the bretty band-aid character is always a big detraction for me, but this is otherwise a very fruit-juicy, floral and earthy take on a tripel.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter
A - Pours an opaque soft orange with small head
S - Aroma is muted, a little malt, just a little hops and citrus
T - Interesting flavor, sweet, some hops, citrus and a little pepper.
M - Low carbonation and medium mouth feel.
O - Very interesting beer, unique flavor for a Tripel. Citra hops dominate. Does not drink like a 10.2% ABV beer. If this was on tap you could get into some serious trouble. I like it and you should try it!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Steve000 (thanks!). As with all Dieu du Ciel beers I can't decipher their "dating" system. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, murky orange with about two fingers of near-white head. Excellent retention with fairly consistent surface haze and a healthy collar that deposits several large swaths of lace.

Aromas of fresh citrus, yeast, floral notes, bread and an almost clove-like spice. Not necessarily vibrant but it is certainly pleasant enough.

Taste follows the nose. Grapefruit peel, must, flower petals, honey, bready malts, grass, mild pepper, a little clove and intermediate doses of booze. The Citra hops play beautifully with the base tripel and seem to balance the taste in such a way as to mitigate the double digit abv.

Dry, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is floral with some candied citrus peel.

I'm well aware that the addition of Citra hops may bend the style a bit but Herbe à Détourne is a freakin delicious tripel. The citrus boost from the hops compliment rather than cover the base tripel to fantastic results. I'd recommend this one to tripel lovers and hopheads alike.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-10-2015


A:
Pours a sunny golden orange with a half finger of bright white foam that dwindles to a film with a ring around the glass. Meh retention; good medium lacing. (3.75)

S:
Super bright and fruity. Grapefruit, green grapes, sweet dough, floral/slightly herbal hops; really even, round smell. (4.25)

T:
Earthy and fresh. Dry, dusty yeastiness, some bittering lemon zest, candied grapefruit, tiny, drying alcoholic tingle at the end. (4)

M:
Fuzzy-feeling and slightly warm with a medium body and a lingering finish. (4)

O:
Very good example of a tripel.
This is a pretty solid beer to begin with but I feel that the addition of citra hops really compliments the floral qualities and alcoholic bitterness in the beer. It is an easy drinker that I think is best described as 'bright' with a slight boozy fuzz to it and a nice floral/citrus aroma.
The only thing I feel could be better would be for it to be a little richer and bigger (more like a Belgian) without having any more alcohol. I let it warm for about 30 minutes out of the fridge and I still felt like it smoothed out as it warmed in the glass. Try it at cellar temp or a touch cooler.
Will have again; worth finding to try. (4.25)

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Photo of SSS
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow with a white head that lingers
S-Citra, yum, with a hint of yeast and some background malt flavors
M-Carbonation spot on
T-Citra comes out strong, the fruitiness (Citra-tropical fruit) from the chosen malt are a nice forward and good balance to the subtle bitterness.
O-Great beer, it is on the sweet side for my palate, but became a roller coaster from sweet to bitter on the finish.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head, but excellent webby lace. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Relatively dry with a distinct floral hop smell. Well-balanced and very attractive.

I note plum with a subtle sweetness. There's the slightest of soft sour, citrus touch. The swallow and finish are of sweetened grapefruit. Well-balanced and easy to drink. The body is rich but the carbonation high. I would not guess this to be a Tripel, but all of the elements are present. It is far more balanced with a higher level of hop than I expected.

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Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead goblet.
A - Translucent honey colored, gentle trail of carbonation fights its way to surface. Coaxing can deliver a thin crest of off white froth, lasting some time. Sticky lacing clings to the sides slowly meandering back, returning to the source, not unlike a a rich white wine.
S - Orange, passion fruit lead the way, dried Papaya and honey on warm white toast follow. A thickness, sweet in body run through the nostrils. The tropical candied fruitiness dominates, with some warming the alcohol is gently released.
T - Warm notes of Orange blossom honey lead the way, sweet candied sugars, and the cornucopia of tropical fruits. Oh those Citra hops hold nearly everything at bay. The base malts try to stand up, and are quickly accosted by the sweet tropical, sugary fruits in the best ways.
M - Oily richness frost the entire palate. Slick, sweet and delightful. There is no hiding the Tripel style in this fine offering. The palate remains coated for a long while, gently, slowly receding. The final notes are slight hop bitterness across the top of the tongue and its tip.
O - New world Tripel, hopped up while maintain the styles light sweetness. That very sweetness is rich and complex in this beers. Over the entire experience, at no point was it to sweet. I applaud the challenging approach to the style by Dieu du Ciel.
This has been a real treat to be sipped, explored and enjoyed.

Cheers

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Photo of kingmaker
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one is a disappointment from a great brewery. It probably should have been advertized as a Belgian strong pale ale, not a tripel. Color was too dark and murky. The smell indicated a sweet hop but the taste revealed a harsh unpleasant overripe lemon tone that's just too much for me

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a fantastic beer, but everything these guys make is that good. its a tripel, but only loosely here. so much hops, all citra, as to almost render it not recognizable to its original style base. the color is a hazy straw, with a short lived less than an inch of white head. the nose is all citra, i mean, there isnt even a chance that its another hop, its pure citra, bitter and oily both, and the taste agrees, all citra here. lemon curd and tang and bitterness, in with a grain bill thats fairly complex, and a belgian yeast strain that has some fruit, but cant touch the fruitiness of the hops themselves. easily the fruitiest example of the style i have ever seen, and as good as all of the beers are from these guys, now in my mind one of the premier brewers in the world. i never really loved tripel ales, but this is a game changer.

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Photo of thebeers
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange gold with big white head and lots of lacing. Effervescent, too. Strong hop aroma, with citrus and fresh cut grass. Similar hops in taste, but less pronounced. Hints of caramel or even honey to make a creaminess, along with a slight warming alcohol and scraping on tongue if you don't swallow right away. Pretty smooth all things considered. Delicious and unique.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%

341 mL bottled on 3/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma citrusy
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass with very tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor citrusy and herbal – more medicinal than pleasant; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25. Final weighted score: 3.1625
Well, what to say… The palate is the highlight of this ale with the medicinal flavor holding it back, although (quaff), the flavor is intriguing (quaff). This ale is growing on me (quaff). The lacing is excellent and very appealing, the nose citrusy but weak. The 10.2% ethanol is well hidden which could be dangerous (if one is inclined to drink more than one), but then if one is good, two should be better. We need a sixth judging variable – addiction potential. This one would get a 5.

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Photo of SebD
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice fluffy lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, peppery spices and some breadiness. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it's very citrus forward (grapefruit, orange & lemon zest), a touch of grass, yeast, some peppery spices and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Wow, what an outstanding Tripel! Dieu du ciel never ceases to amaze me.

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Photo of ludachris
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Its body is a rich shade of apricot orange and partially hazed. A healthy two fingers of frothy white head waits patiently to fall. After a few swirls, alcohol film coats the sides of the glass.

Overly ripe, juicy, saliva-inducing pineapple flesh slowly oozes out of the glass. At the edges of this syrupy sweet center are more unrefined green and leafy hop notes. Sweet alcohol pulls through but its weight is masked by its tropical sweetness. Its got that classic Belgian dusty character to the nose with some spice and phenols thrown in as well.

The kick of booziness that hits the back of the palate coincides with long, sweet notes of pineapple and mango skin. The alcohol is warming everywhere it goes but is not overpowering. As it continues into the finish, it becomes more dry, spicy, and phenollic. A hint of warm biscuit closes things out.

With such a full body and high ABV, it's incredible how drinkable this is. Slightly under carbonated with some syrupy stickiness. The alcohol has a great drying effect that gives this a concise close; one of my favorite features of this beer.

Another home run for DDC. I had the privilege of having this on tap at the brewpub last summer and my eyes lit up when I saw this on the shelf. The big syrupy tropical character the citra hops impart plays so well off of the staple characteristics of the Tripel that DDC renders. It's dangerously good.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle 2014/03; Poured 2014/04/03

A: Pours a hazy copper color up to 2-3 fingers of creamy, persistent head slowly falling to a thick color and curtains of lace.

S: Big hop nose: tangerines, grapefruit, lemon and spice. Some nice biscuit malt notes. Nice yeast presence. Very floral/herbal. Very intriguing!

T: Very tropical with lots of tangerine, mango, papaya; big malt presence with caramel and toffee. There is lots of yeast dancing around highlighting banana and spice. Floral on the palate as well. Some warm alcohol.

M: Medium + body and nice carbonation yields a creamy, velvety and crisp beer.

O: Just a really interesting beer! There is a lot going on; Herbe highlights the the hops, malts and yeast all i the same beer. I always look forward to this release.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a creamy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, herbs, minerals, biscuit, caramel, and spicy yeast are present on the nose.

T: Flavors of lemon, lime, kumquats, grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, herbs, cream, caramel, minerals, biscuit, crackers, and funky, spicy yeast fill the mouth. The finish is fruity and warming with grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, and caramel notes gradually subsumed by peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Fairly full and silky in body, though to me, it seems somewhat thinner than some of the more traditional Belgian takes on the style. Carbonation is active, but delicate. Alcohol is pronounced, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

O: A very respectable New World take on a traditional Belgian abbey style. I could see this going over very well with hopheads open to Continental ale styles.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. I have been wanting this beer for AGES, and strangely found it not at the brewpub in Montreal no... not even in bottle shops there.. no.. but where... at State Line of course! What an irony, I didn't even have to leave my state to get this dang beer!

A nice tangerine and bright shiny but dark orange color. Head barely forms with one finger forced on an aggressive pour providing and off white colored head which manages to stay populated and settle to a half finger collar. Some large amounts of very small microscopic rising carbonation can just barely be seen. Faint spider legs of lace a well.

Nose is interesting. Quite juicy smelling and fruity for a tripel, some mellow floral earthy qualities but not much else, and an almost soapy perfume like quality but with more soap than beautiful aromatics.

Palate is quite interesting. Good juicy tropical body with a very noticeable boozy quality which is luckily not too untolerable. Hints of peach and mango, with a large stomach warming swallow. Hints of pear and apple manage to appear also. Nice depth but nothing really coating, and definitely not big on sucrose.

Overall glad to have tried this, pretty good, and definitely a non traditional spin on the style which is interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with a minimal white head.

S - yeast, lemon and mild spice ;clean.

T - lemon citrus, hop and coriander.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. Good balance.

O - Good Tripel, though lacks some complexity to among the best.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A tripel spiked with Citra hops, this pungent brew comes decked out in rich orange garb with a dappling of white foam, releasing a strong aroma of spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, aromatic alcohol, and New World elements of pine and citrus. Tastes of candied citrus, mainly mandarins and grapefruit, passion fruit and lychee, spicy clove and ginger phenolics, vanilla custard, an earthy cigar tobacco-like floral perfume, carrots, and ample alcohol that might lean just this side of overbearing. I get more sweet dark malt character than with other tripels, some toffee that plays nicely off the fruit and spice elements from the hops and yeast. Body quite chewy and the finish is bitter, piney and medicinal like that of other highly-hopped tripels I've tried (see my review of La Chouffe Dobbelen for more on this). Moderate carbonation. There might be too much going on in this beer for some palates and it ain't for the meek. Tripels are an acquired taste period and this one is a bit iconoclastic. Rough around the edges but could be a diamond if polished a bit more.

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Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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